Residents and motorists will get their first look at the revamped Russell Street, with the section between Victoria and Ruthven Streets re-opening to traffic today (22 October).

Toowoomba Regional Council Infrastructure Committee Portfolio Chair Cr Carol Taylor said she was excited to see traffic flowing through the street once again.

“It’s pleasing we’ve been able to mark a major milestone in this project which will help transform one of the City’s oldest and most iconic streets into a vibrant people-friendly destination,” Cr Taylor said.

“While major civil works are now complete, crews will remain on site to undertake final works including final landscaping and streetscape works and general clean-up of the site.

“This final lot of works is expected to be completed next month. Once finished, we’ll be holding a street party on Saturday 20 November.

“We know businesses have been impacted by the closure to traffic and this is a way for us to thank them for their ongoing co-operation and patience during construction. It’s also a great chance for the community to celebrate the street being re-opened.

“There will be a host of free activities to take part-in, plus some incredible music from local artists. We encourage everyone to come down and enjoy this free event.”

With the street now re-opened, paid parking will again commence in Russell Street.

Stage two of the project, upgrading Russell Street from Ruthven to Neil Streets, is expected to take place from February to late 2022, weather permitting.

Delivery of this project is a key outcome of the Toowoomba City Centre Master Plan.

For more information on the Russell Street Refresh Project, visit www.tr.qld.gov.au/russellstreetrefresh, call Council on 131 872 or email russellstrefresh@tr.qld.gov.au.